Manchester United and the manager, Van Gaal is facing immense pressure from fans due to their underwhelming performances. Their recent loss against Danish side FC Midtjylland in the first leg was nothing less than disappointing.
While fans and critics want Van Gaal to be sacked, Manchester United is facing difficulties due to their long list of injuries. They recently lost their star player Wayne Rooney and now lost their best goalkeeper De Gea in the warm up. Sergio Romero was there to fill up for the goal keeper but clearly couldn’t stop the opposition from scoring.
They lost 2-1 to Sunderland on last Saturday and fell straight 6 points from the top 4 position, making it extremely hard to qualify for Champions League next season. Winning the Europa League could improve the club’s position, representing their best chance of reclaiming their place in Europe’s finest competition. But in order to do so, they really need to perform better than their recent performance against a club who had not played for 71 days before the clash. The second leg of the tie is scheduled within a week at Old Trafford and it is the last chance for Manchester United to amend their poor performance.
Van Gaal accepted the responsibility and agreed that players failed to perform against Midtjylland, especially in the second half. But he still claims that the defeats have nothing to with the players’ attitudes. He defended, “All the players want to perform in an excellent way; it is not a case of attitude. We were not winning the second balls – that is my analysis.”
Manchester United desperately need to recover from these losses in order to satisfy the fans and maintain their position as the top club in Europe.